Australia's men's basketball team has avoided the might of the United States but still faces a tough task at the London Olympics after the draw for the pools was made in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.
The Boomers have been drawn in Group B alongside hosts Great Britain, European heavyweights Spain, the highly-rated China and Brazil, with another qualifier yet to be determined.
Defending champions the United States have been drawn in Group A alongside Argentina, Tunisia and France, with the Americans favourites to claim their fifth gold medal in six Olympic tournaments.
The top four teams from each group qualify for the quarter-finals, with the final set to take place on August 12.
In the women's draw, the Opals face a similarly tough task after they were drawn with hosts Great Britain, Russia, Brazil and two further qualifiers.
Australia has lost the last three women's Olympic finals to arch-rivals the United States, which inflicted a comprehensive defeat on the Opals in the gold-medal game in Beijing.
Group A: Argentina, France, Tunisia, USA, two qualifiers
Group B: Australia, Brazil, China, Great Britain, Spain and qualifier
Group A: Angola, China, USA, three qualifiers
Group B: Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Russia, two qualifiersTags: sport, olympics-summer, basketball, england, united-kingdom First posted May 01, 2012 06:37:00